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What are the symptoms of nursemaid's elbow?

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The main symptom of a pulled elbow is pain when your child moves her arm. There's not usually any swelling, bruising, or other sign of an injury.

The child typically refuses to use the arm and holds it still at their side,. The elbow may be slightly bent, the palm turned toward the body.

Severe pain can be the sign of a broken bone. Call your doctor if your child injures their elbow.

From: Nursemaid's Elbow WebMD Medical Reference

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KidsHealth web site: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

Boston Children's Hospital web site: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

Kliegman, R.M., Behrman, R.E., Jenson, H.B., Stanton, B.F., editors, , 19th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Roberts J.R., Hedges, J.R., editors, , 5th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

KidsHealth web site: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

Boston Children's Hospital web site: "Nursemaid's Elbow."

Kliegman, R.M., Behrman, R.E., Jenson, H.B., Stanton, B.F., editors, , 19th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Roberts J.R., Hedges, J.R., editors, , 5th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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